I have been working in the soft furnishings trade for many years , and I also have an interest in nostalgia and anything old , so Homes & Antiques Magazine ticks all the boxes for me .I recently renewed my yearly subscription through the Homes & Antiques website www.homesandantiques.com. By subscribing online I was offered a good rate subscription price, the magazine cost £3.80 for a single copy , you save 30% when you buy a subscription and I also had the choice of a free gift. The free gifts on offer were books, Millers Antiques Handbook and price guide worth £30 or Romantic English Homes worth £29.99, I chose the price guide. There was also a free 2012 Calander with the January issue. This magazine is published by Bristol Magazines Limited who recently became part of the Immediate Media Company Group.
I love going to antiques fairs so I find this magazine very useful to find out when a fair will be coming to my area as each month there is a page in the magazine with the dates and addresses of fairs all around the country, you can also find details of ticket offers eg; two for one .They list details of auctions , dates and times etc and website urls to help you find what you are looking for.
I spend hours looking through the magazine with the beautiful pictures of interiors of peoples homes showing how Antique objects can be used as part of a modern decor.It is nice to see antiques being used and not just being sold to make money. Although when the owners fancy a change the Antique furniture and other items will hold their value when resold ( unlike modern furniture that will have little value on the secondary market)
Many of the features are written by well known Antiques experts from TV shows such as The Antiques Roadshow. These experts share their knowledge with information on their specialist subjects with lots of written details , pictures, personal stories and price guides.
One of my favourite features each month is the offers ,comps and giveaways, where you can get exclusive special offers and enter some great competitions, all being exclusive to subscribers and readers.
So I shall look forward to getting my copy of Homes & Antiques every month for the next year.
I'm currently nearing the end of a £1 for 3 copies trial for this magazine.
I'm interesting in interiors so thought I would try this out.
It is a monthly magazine from the BBC so linked in with Antiques Roadshow and has it's own version of that where readers can send in pictures of their own antiques and get advice and valuations. There are also behind the scenes articles and other AR related stories.
There are lots of articles on a wide variety of interiors matters and several homes are featured with lots of advice to 'get the look'. They also cover related features, this month has lots of Christmas decorations ideas and also a feaure on retro hobbies (jam making, jiving, knitting etc).
There are plenty of articles on antiques and the back of the magazine features lots of info on finding an antiques dealer to suit you, together with a calendar of events.
The photography is very important in interiors magazines and I find this to have excellent photography, very evocative but also clear enough to see details of the furniture etc.
Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen has a regular column and I find him to be entertaining and fun.
In short this is a good magazine but I already subscribe to Elle Decoration and I can't see this taking over as I prefer more modern / 20th century design and antiques.
How many magazines do you pick up and find that you have read them in a very short time because it was advert after advert after advertorial? This is not the case here, given that you have chosen to buy it because you are interested in Homes and Antiques you will find plenty to interest you. I have never read the magazine without making notes of companies that they have featured. I also always take away ideas. In fact, until recently when I was decluttering, I had kept almost 100 back copies for reference when I redecorated. They usefully have reader offers for lovely items to purchase at special offer prices. As to the antiques element, again very interesting articles, not least when they look at the Antiques Roadshow, (it is after all a BBC Magazine). It is sometimes quite fascinating to see how much or in some cases how little items are worth and you cannot help but make a mental note of those everyday old items that are worth money- in case they should appear in the window of your local charity shop. If you are interested in specialised high end antiques there are better choices of magazine for you- not that, that means you wouldn't enjoy it.
Because this magazine is from the BBC, it often has articles which are linked to TV programmes such as Antiques Roadshow, which means it's for the popular end of the market. It's not boring and it's a good read. This magazine is not for the DIY enthusiast; it mainly features items that can be bought rather than made, and the whole thing is aimed at the higher end of the market than, say Real Homes or Your Homes. But there should be things of interest to anyone interested in homemaking or collecting antiques. There are interiors of historical and stately homes, and if you are interested in the historical side of things (rather than just making money from antiques), this will definitely be of interest. There's also the usual showcase houses, (new and old) immaculately designed and presented, with their owners talking about them. For most of us, just something to long that we had the money? There is a small section on gardening, and it contains some very useful advice on collecting antiques. And there's not TOO many of those Franklin Mint adverts! There's a good roundup of current events (exhibitions, fairs) relating to art, gardening, and so on. Watch out for the cover-mounted free gifts - the July 2000 issue had an excellent classical CD with it, which was easily worth the price of the magazine.